#25toAfrica: What 25 Female Geek Leaders May Mean For Africa
It’s easy to get fed-up when you write about the technology industry. Stories about noteworthy individuals and leaders in tech are often always about men, and any journalist looking to cover women on the tech beat has to constantly search for them. It’s our tradition to report on women innovators who are doing amazing work to influence change in the field, despite being the lesser known individuals in the tech industry.
So when marketing innovator Amanda Spann of GeniusCorps and Geeks Gone Global, came to pitch us about #25toAfrica—groundbreaking venture in which, she says, will rally 25 female, change-makers across the technology and social impact space to promote women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship across the globe—we were naturally excited.
Between February 1 and February 14, GeniusCorps (GC), a conduit for innovators to enrich their lifestyles and initiatives through access to innovative nurturing people, places and knowledge will be embarking on a 2-week long social innovation tour of Africa. An extension of their Geeks Gone Global Initiative, the trip will feature 25 female developers, engineers, executives, social entrepreneurs, authors, marketers, angel investors who will visit innovation eco-systems, technology hubs and startups throughout Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya including Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Ghana), Hub Accra, Hub Johannesburg and iHub Nairobi. The group will also host a series of pitch parties and mentorship-focused service projects before concluding the experience at the Sankalp Forum, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship conference.
“Innovative entrepreneurship starts with a mindset that is born from the realization that everything is possible. Women have a history of defying all odds to do the amazing. Making a way for these 25 amazing women and their African counterparts to come together is like the joining of two ends of a severed electric cable possible of lighting up the world. -it must happen” said Faruq Hunter, GeniusCorp President.
On December 10, #25toAfrica launched a $150,000 crowdfunding program to defray some of the expenses of the 14-day global immersion tech program. With less than 5% of their goal raised and 23 days to go before the crowdfund campaign is closed, these women need your help. Click here to learn more about how you can contribute to the campaign. Find out more about how you can be a part of GeniusCorps here.
Learn more about #25toAfrica by watching the video below:
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